Winter Training Conference Schedule

Sunday, February 3

1:00 pm – Registration Opens

5:00 pm –  NFL Super Bowl Party
All attendees and registered vendors are invited to attend!

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Monday, February 4

7:00 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Opening Ceremony

8:30 am – 10:30 am – Taking Care of Our Own – Chris Prochut, Mental Health Advocate and Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Trainer
My presentation includes tough facts, open conversation, humor and sometimes tears. Starting with a discussion of suicide and depression warning signs sometimes seen in police officers, we examine the paradigm shift taking place within law enforcement in which it is becoming increasingly OK to ask for help. Yet, stigma still exists and many officers fear they will lose their job if they seek mental health assistance. There is a long way to go.

Addressed are the topics of stigma, the “suck it up” attitude lived by many officers, the myth that seeking help is a sign of weakness, and the reality that more officers die by their own hand than in the line of duty.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Suicide and depression warning signs
  2. Department Policy Revisions
  3. Special Resources for Police Officers in Crisis
  4. Mental Health Stigma

10:30 am – 12:30 pm – How to be Resilient in Law Enforcement in Challenging Times – Greg Young, M.Div. FBI Chaplain
These are very challenging times for Law Enforcement Officers. It is a challenging time for any and all who experience stressful situations day in and day out. Stress can kill, and we know that. But more insidious is how stress slowly erodes us from being our best and most resilient. Much of the current research of people involved in traumatic incidents finds that large numbers of those affected by the incident will recover without experiencing debilitating mental health issues.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch with Exhibitors

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Technology Show – Exhibits Open

Tuesday, February 5

7:00 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Read, Recognize & Respond – Lieutenant Jim Glennon, Calibre Press

Calming the irrational and resolving conflict are regular responsibilities for those in law enforcement. Officers also must be able to detect danger cues and determine whether someone is an immediate threat or they are simply experiencing irrational emotions. Therefore, officers need to be experts in human behavior and have a working knowledge of managing stress.

Read, Recognize & Respond tackles these issues head-on by providing students with the information and skill sets necessary to achieve both success and safety in the profession. Numerous case studies, scientific research and videos of real life interactions are examined and discussed so students can develop an understanding of proven theories and tactics that they can immediately utilize on the street.

While this seminar is designed to be dynamic, practical and fun it takes the subject of officer and community safety seriously. Students will develop a thorough understanding of human nature and how effective communication skills are the key to developing rapport, calming the irrational and detecting danger signals.

Course topics will include but not be limited to:

  • The Stages of De-escalation & Conflict Resolution: Engage, Consider, Decide, Communicate & Follow-through
  • The intersection of communication, stress & the realities of force
  • Balancing citizen service & officer/citizen safety
  • Our roles as Guardians of Democracy
  • Thin Slicing: Assessing and Evaluating People and Situations Layers of Assessment: The Unconscious & Conscious compiling of data
  • Our Professional Goal: Redirecting and influencing others behavior
  • Attitude and Controlling the Self
  • Stress: The ignored factor in police training
  • Stress & Performance: Diverted or Focused
  • The Four Truths of Human-to-Human Interactions
  • Detecting Danger Cues

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Annual Business Meeting & Lunch

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – CONTINUED – Read, Recognize & Respond – Lieutenant Jim Glennon, Calibre Press

6:00 pm  – WS&DSA Banquet
All attendees  are invited to attend! Enjoy a plated dinner with a special keynote speaker.

Wednesday, February 6

8:00 am – 12:00pm – Personal Growth and Development for Law Enforcement – Dave Funkhouser, Chief of Police – City of Kiel

Real life examples of effective ways to build trust within your organization and ways to enhance your personal growth as a member of law enforcement.